Star+Crossed – new musical for Artscape in December


ABRAHAMSE & Meyer Productions and VR Theatrical will join forces to present the world première of a thrilling new musical, Star+Crossed, inspired by the life of one of South Africa’s most eccentric daughters, Elizabeth Klarer, at the Artscape Arena from 9 – 31 December 2022.

Klarer gained fame and notoriety during the height of apartheid with her incredible claim that she was abducted by an alien, transported to his Utopian planet in the Alpha Centauri System, where she bore him a son before returning to earth to spread his message of love, compassion, and an urgent call to protect our planet and find more sustainable ways of living here on earth.

The musical, with book and lyrics by Marcel Meyer and music by Wessel Odendaal, centres on two unlikely people finding each other in extraordinary circumstances while forging a profound connection that transcends, time, space, and South Africa’s oppressive apartheid laws. It is an interstellar love story for the ages with a lush, romantic, original score that is bound to transport audiences to the stratosphere and beyond.

Isabella Jane stars as Bess, the role inspired by Klarer. Joining her in the role of Billy, Bess’s childhood friend, is Earl Gregory. Fred Abrahamse directs and designs the set, with Wessel Odendaal (musical direction and orchestration), Faheem Bardien (lighting design), Kirsti Cumming (AV design) and Marcel Meyer (costume design) making up the remainder of the creative team.

Performances are Tuesdays to Saturdays at 8pm, with additional matinee performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets from R200 to R250, bookings are open via Computicket/Shoprite Checkers outlets, Computicket online or Artscape Dial-a-Seat 021 421 7695. Discounts are available for students/scholars, pensioners, and block bookings of 10 or more direct from Artscape Box Office and Artscape Dial-Seat 021 421 7695. Star+Crossed runs for 90 minutes with no interval.

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